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3:55 PM ET, December 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Guardian is joining up with Vice as part of a content deal that will see Guardian journalists work at Vice's London offices and contribute to its HBO show  —  Deal will see Guardian journalists work at Vice's London offices and contribute to US TV network HBO
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Interview with Vice CEO Shane Smith, who says that Vice will decide on an IPO at a board meeting in January  —  Shane Smith, the bombastic founder and CEO of Vice, thinks the current political climate is “crazy” and that the level of dysfunction in Washington is at a whole new level never seen before in history.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Breaking News, NBC News' popular alert app, to shut down at the end of the year due to lack of revenue; all 20+ staff to remain on payroll until January 20  —  Breaking News, the popular alert app from NBC News, is shutting down at the end of the year.  —  The entire staff at Breaking News …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Donations to nonprofit journalism groups up after election night with ProPublica receiving $750K, eclipsing total donations of $500K in 2015  —  WASHINGTON — It did not take long after election night for the donations to start pouring in to America's nonprofit journalism organizations.
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. hires Morgan Stanley and Bank of America to weigh takeover offers after overtures from investors including Edgar Bronfman Jr.; stock up 6%+  —  Move follows bid from group including Edgar Bronfman Jr  —  Time Inc. hired banks to help field takeover or partnership interest …
Steve McClellan / MediaPost:
WPP CEO Martin Sorell says the ad firm will spend $70M on Snapchat this year, versus $5.5B on Google, up from $4B a year ago, and $1.75B on Facebook  —  Facebook may have issues with measurement, but they don't appear to be hampering the social media giant's advertising growth.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Source: Spotify backs away from SoundCloud acquisition after months of talks to focus on IPO  —  The digital music marriage that many wanted to happen isn't happening after all.  Spotify has given up on its latest effort to buy SoundCloud following months of talks between the two …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
In latest episode over proliferation of fake news, a Tampa woman who believes the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax is charged with threatening a victim's parent  —  MIAMI — In the latest episode over the proliferation of fake news and the people who believe it, a Tampa woman who thinks …
Lisa Respers France / CNNMoney:
Analysis of 86M+ Netflix users' viewing habits in 190 countries shows 59% pause for about three days after binge watching a series before starting a new show  —  What do you do after binge watching a series on Netflix?  —  According to the streaming service, you take a break.
Discussion: Variety
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
The Washington Post adds editor's note to its article about Russian propaganda amid US election, saying it does not vouch for findings of PropOrNot group  —  A lengthy editor's note appeared Wednesday atop Craig Timberg's November 24 Washington Post story claiming that a Russian propaganda campaign aided …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
In a first, newspaper trade group NMA writes to Trump, saying cross-ownership rules are outdated, fair use needs limits, and copyright needs strengthening  —  The president-elect may not always get along with reporters, but a shared desire for fewer regulations could be common ground …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google Daydream adds two video apps, NextVR and HBO, which will let subscribers watch TV on a virtual big screen; Netflix is listed as coming later this month
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Secret co-founder David Byttow launches IO, an anonymous platform for longer-form “authentic publishing”
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson defends AT&T-Time Warner merger at Senate subcommittee hearing, saying deal won't hurt customers or competitors
Cynthia Gordy / ProPublica:
ProPublica to launch ProPublica Illinois in 2017, will hire editor and about 10 journalists; funding by Ford Foundation kicks off state effort, which may expand
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
TIME Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on why Trump was chosen as Person of the Year, says he empowered a hidden electorate and framed tomorrow's political culture